Isaac R. Thorne is a nice man who has, over the course of his life, developed a modest ability to spin a good yarn. Really. He promises. He considers himself a lover of books, music, movies, and other forms of pop culture phenomenon. His philosophy on his life is that it’s all one giant experiment. He is the author of short tales of dark comic horror, two audio plays, and one screenplay.
Isaac grew up in rural Tennessee, where he attended high school and some college. From an early age, he became fascinated by scary folklore, such as the types of tales that are often told around campfires. He also developed a love of scary audio or radio stories, which he borrowed on vinyl from the local library.
Although he has been writing since he could form letters with crayons, Isaac has always considered himself a private man, publishing none of his horror work until January 2013, when he released the digital short story “Nobody Was Here”.
You can find Isaac’s books on Amazon.com, as well as most other e-book retail outlets. He likes to write shorter works–stuff you can read in one sitting. He might produce a longer novel one day. It’s certainly not out of the question, although writing a novel is neither a goal nor a dream for Isaac. He does enjoy reading them, though.
More books are always in the works.
Funny horrific ideas occur to me on a regular basis. Writing them down seemed like a simple way to prevent them from eating me inside out.
Some Q & A With Isaac
Many of the questions and answers below are from Isaac’s Smashwords interview. The interview in its entirety can be found at smashwords.com.
If you’re so nice, why write this kind of stuff?
Because the stories are funny, gross, and horrific, all of which appeals to my–shall we say–underdeveloped maturity. Rest assured that even though my work might not fit the sensibilities of some readers, I truly mean no harm nor offense. Frankly, if you don’t want to be horrified you should not be downloading horror stories. Perhaps you would be happier with another genre.
When did you first start writing?
First Grade. My first story was about overalls and why everyone should wear them.
What motivated you?
Funny horrific ideas occur to me on a regular basis. Writing them down seemed like a simple way to prevent them from eating me inside out. Putting them out there for other people to read seemed like a simple way to keep the neighborhood kids off my lawn.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the rural American South. It might occasionally influence my colloquial word choices. Other than that, I don’t really think it does influence my writing. I write short tales of dark comic horror. Is there any place in this world that it doesn’t exist? Aren’t we all just residents of Planet Internet now anyway?
What is your writing process?
I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. You might find a few paragraphs of idea lying around, but you’ll rarely find me with a completely functional outline for a piece. I form an ultimate critical scene in my head, then I write narrative to explain how everything culminated in that scene. After a first draft of that process, I go back and rewrite and fill in the gaps, add some logic and realism, and generally polish things.
I’m more of a seat-of-the-pants type of writer. I form an ultimate critical scene in my head, then I write narrative to explain how everything culminated in that scene.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to urinate. Well, that and the fact that I need to earn a living.
Who are your favorite authors?
I expect that very few authors in my genre could answer this question without citing Stephen King. I will admit that the work of his early career was most influential on me. That said, I also like Joe Hill (Stephen King’s son), Thomas Harris, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, and many, many, many more you’ve probably never heard of.
You can always try to contact Isaac by using the form on the Contact page. Here are a few other methods of contacting Isaac if you just don’t feel like clicking that Contact page link:
If that doesn’t work, feel free to try the social media links at the top of just about every page on this site. Isaac is most active on Twitter.
In 2016, Isaac adapted “Diggum”, one of his short stories, to screenplay format. That screenplay has won awards from all of the following:
- WINNER: Best Violence, 2017 Chemical Film Festival
- WINNER: Best Short Script, 2017 Shiver International Film Festival
In addition, the screenplay has been recognized by all of the following:
- FINALIST: 2017 13Horror.com Film & Screenplay Festival
- FINALIST: 2017 iHorror Awards Short Screenplay Competition
- FINALIST: 2017 Crimson Screen Horror Film fest, Best Un-produced Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 New York City Horror Film Festival, Best Un-produced Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 Horror in the Hills, Best Short Screenplay
- FINALIST: 2017 Fear Awards
Isaac In Other Media
Other media have featured Isaac Thorne as a guest, as a contributor, or a shout-out. On this page, you’ll find links to some of that work and those folks. Isaac highly recommends visiting these sites even if you’re not interested in his own contributions. They are works of art, horror and otherwise.
- Bleeding Critic’s website.
- Isaac’s Horror Memory.
- Isaac’s Horror Therapy.
- Isaac’s second Horror Therapy.
Carmen Theater Group and Liane Moonraven
- Carmen Theater’s site.
- Carmen Theater’s Spreaker.
- Carmen Theater’s YouTube.
- Carmen Theater’s production of Isaac’s BECAUSE REASONS.
- Carmen Theater’s production of Isaac’s DIGGUM.
- Carmen Theater’s production of THE BURBS, S5E5, where Isaac appears as Frank Stevens.
- Carmen Theater’s production of THE BURBS, S5E6, where Isaac appears as Frank Stevens.
- Moonraven Films official site.
- THE LAST KNOCK podcast’s Billy Crash.
- THE LAST KNOCK podcast’s Jonny Numb.
- Billy Crash’s interview with Isaac on THE LAST KNOCK.
- Isaac’s George Romero Memorial on Crashpalaceproductions.com.
Dead As Hell Podcast
- Dead As Hell Podcast on the web.
- Dead As Hell Podcast on Twitter.
- Dead As Hell Podcast’s ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW episode, featuring Isaac.
Don’t Go Down That Road
- DGDTR Podcast on the web.
- DGDTR Podcast on Twitter.
- DGDTR Podcast’s Bargain Bin of Sin 2, with Isaac as a guest.
Douglas Geller’s The Dreamer
The Fear Merchant
- The Fear Merchant on Twitter.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR podcast on iTunes.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR podcast on Soundcloud.
- The Fear Merchant’s THE BAZAAR interview with Isaac.
- The Horrorcist on Twitter.
- The Horrorcist on the Web.
- The Horrorcist’s interview with Isaac on THE DEMONIC PODCAST.
- Isaac’s review of CIRCUS KANE on The Horrorcist.
- Isaac’s review of NIMMER and BIRTHDAY on The Horrorcist.
- Isaac’s review of BUNNYMAN: VENGEANCE on The Horrorcist.
The Monster Guys
- The Monster Guys on the Web.
- The Monster Guys on Twitter.
- The Monster Guys’ interview with Isaac on WELCOME TO THE RED TABLE.
The Rob and Slim Show
- The Rob and Slim Show on Twitter.
- The Rob and Slim Show on Facebook.
- The Rob and Slim Show on PodBean.
- The Rob and Slim Show’s June 2016 Interview with Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show’s Halloween 2016 Interview with Isaac.
- The Rob and Slim Show Season 3 2017 Interview with Isaac.
Ron Show and The Ron Shaw Show
- Isaac on IMDB.